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July 11, 2011
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Components

100 W SP3T Switches
Aeroflex introduces the MSW3200-320 and MSW3201-320 SP3Ts, covering frequencies of 10 to 1500 MHz and 200 to 4500 MHz, respectively. Both switches handle up to 100 W of CW input RF with an IIP3 of 65 dBm. Insertion loss is approximately 0.5 dB. For pulsed applications, these switches handle up to 500 W at 10 μ sec pulse and 1 percent duty cycle. Designed for durable, reliable use in military IED jammers and radar, applications also include military, commercial and industrial radios. Typical switching speed is 1 to 2 μ sec.
Aeroflex/Metelics
Londonderry, NH
(888) 641-7364
www.aeroflex.com/metelics

Coaxial Test Cables
Available in 0.5 m increments from 0.5 m through to 5.0 m, the new ARC-CA18 series of coaxial test cables are designed for general purpose laboratory and equipment applications where durability, performance and affordability are key features. With velocity of propagation at 70 percent and a frequency range of DC to 18 GHz, the test cables feature the choice of either SMA or type N stainless steel connectors to MIL-C-39012 and achieve phase stability of ±2 degrees.
AtlanTecRF
Braintree, UK
+44 1376 550220
www.atlantecrf.com

SMA Coaxial Attenuator
The 42XXF is a high performance, precision SMA coaxial attenuator value priced for high volume applications. This new and improved version of the 42XX series of SMA coaxial attenuators is offered in commercial or high reliability versions for a wide range of applications. EMC coaxial attenuators are manufactured with a stainless steel body and a standard SMA male/female interface, and are smaller and lighter weight than those on the market. This product is available in values from 0 to 20 dB in one dB increments and up to a maximum frequency range of 12.4 GHz.
EMC Technology
Stuart, FL
(772) 600-1620
www.emc-rflabs.com

Surface-mount Switch
The 50S-1887 SMT is a surface-mount switch that can handle up to 100 W (average RF input power) and is capable of hot-switching 20 W. The 50S-1887 is designed to operate from 225 to 400 MHz, but other frequency ranges may be available upon request.
JFW Industries
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 887-1340
www.jfwindustries.com

2 mmWave Range Magnetron
This 2 mmWave range magnetron has a lifetime of 1000 hours. Having a forced-air cooling system rather than fluid cooling means that the input power is significantly reduced and that the dimensions of the radar station can be decreased. The magnetron's small dimensions and weight of only 2.6 kg mean that its applications are not just limited to land-based systems. Its pulsed output power is 4 kW. However, the company claims to be able to provide 10 kW output power at the customer's request, alongside other customization options.
JSC Pluton
Moscow, Russia
+7 (495) 916 87 01
www.pluton.msk.ru

Quadrature Hybrid Coupler
Model 3017360 is a multi-purpose, quadrature hybrid stripline design with applications including monopulse comparators, power combining/dividing, mixers, modulators and phased array antenna systems. KRYTAR's technological advances have extended the frequency range of this four-port unit from 1.7 to 36 GHz with coupling loss of 3 dB, greater than 12 dB isolation, ±1.7 dB amplitude imbalance and ±12-degrees of phase imbalance. The hybrid coupler exhibits insertion loss of less than 3.2 dB across the frequency range. Maximum VSWR is 1.85 and power rating is 20 W average and 3 kW peak. Model 3017360 is a compact package measuring 2.6 "(L) × 0.625" (W) × 0.50" (H), weighs only 1.6 ounces, and comes with 2.92 mm coaxial female connectors. Operating temperature is -54° to 85°C.
KRYTAR Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA
(408) 734-5999
www.krytar.com

Solid-state Attenuator
The PMI model DTA-30M6G-60-CD-1 is a solid-state attenuator that operates in a frequency range from 30 MHz to 6 GHz. Features include mean attenuation range of 60 dB; insertion loss of 4.0 dB maximum; return loss of 8.5 dB maximum; minimum attenuation step is 0.25 dB; switching time is 5.0 usec maximium; control is 8-bit TTL; DC voltage is +12 VDC; connectors are SMA(F) ×2 and 15 Pin Micro-D. Size 2.0"L × 1.8"W × 0.5"H.
Planar Monolithics Industries Inc.
Frederick, MD
(301) 662-5019
www.pmi-rf.com

Directional Coupler
Pulsar model CS20-52-436-9 is a new 20 dB coupler covering the frequency range of 2 to 40 GHz with 1.6 dB insertion loss. Directivity is greater than 10 dB and flatness is ±0.5 dB, 2 to 20 GHz and ±1.0 dB, 2 to 40 GHz. The VSWR is 1.80:1 maximum and the unit can handle 20 W into a 1.20:1 load. Connectors are 2.92 mm female.
Pulsar Microwave Corp.
Clifton, NJ
(973) 779-6262
www.pulsarmicrowave.com

Miniature Discrete Component Filters
Reactel offers its miniature discrete component filters in lowpass, highpass, bandpass, notch and diplexer configurations operating in a frequency range of 10 to 5000 MHz. These little powerhouses are perfect for mobile or man-pack systems, and are rugged enough to withstand the harshest of environments.
Reactel Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD
(301) 519-3660
www.reactel.com

High Power Coaxial Coupler
R&D Microwave is introducing its new 1 to 18 GHz high power taperline coaxial couplers, featuring a combination of high performance specifications that are excellent for instrumentation test or system applications. Model C1-B12 covers the full frequency range with ±1 dB accuracy, including frequency flatness, in 20 or 30 dB coupling values. The unique tapered coaxial air dielectric structure has minimal insertion loss of typically 0.2 dB and is capable of handling power levels up to 600 W. Input return loss and directivity is better than 15 dB over the full frequency range, and typically 25 dB over most of the frequency range.
R&D Microwaves LLC
East Hanover, NJ
(908) 212-1696
www.rdmicrowaves.com

Octave Band Drop-in Circulator
Renaissance has designed a new octave band drop-in circulator, model 3G7BH, that covers a bandwidth of 5.2 to 11 GHz over -20° to +85°C. With insertion loss less than 0.95 dB over the entire band, the circulator is robust to handle 20 W of incident RF power. Return loss and isolation of 13 dB ensures better match to the RF circuitry where it is being placed. It is housed in a 0.75" square stainless steel housing for temperature stable performance. For more information, contact sales at 978-772-7774, sales@recusa.com or visit www.rec-usa.com.
Renaissance Electronics
Harvard, MA
(978) 772-7774
www.rec-usa.com

RF323x Quad-band Transmit Module Family
RFMD's new RF3232, RF3233 and RF3234 quad-band transmit modules are ideal for the final portion of the transmitter section in multi-mode 3G entry handsets and connected devices. These modules are the core of RFMD's RF323x Power Platform and include 50 Ω matched input and output ports, eliminating the need for external PA-to-antenna switch module matching components. The RF323x quad-band transmit module family is for UMTS/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA applications.
RFMD
Greensboro, NC
(336) 664-1233
www.rfmd.com

STR-2 Series Expansion
RLC Electronics Inc. has expanded the terminated single-pole double throw switch (STR-2 series) with a new 50 GHz version using 2.4 mm connectors. This model is optimized for excellent RF performance with an insertion loss of 1.1 dB maximum, VSWR 2:1 and an isolation of 50 dB. Standard operating modes are failsafe and latching with self cut-off; other options include TTL driver and indicators. Applications for this switch include high frequency test and measurement where excellent RF performance is necessary.
RLC Electronics Inc.
Mount Kisco, NY
(914) 241-1334
www.rlcelectronics.com

Two-way Power Dividers
The VFPD200 series of miniature monolithic two-way zero degree power dividers consists of seven models spanning the frequency range of 700 MHz to 3.8 GHz and are offered in a miniature 1.5 × 2.0 mm leadless package. Valpey Fisher's RF/microwave passive products utilize a custom design and monolithic manufacturing process, which offer outstanding electrical performance and part-to-part repeatability when compared to today's existing solutions. Samples are available upon request.
Valpey Fisher Corp.
Hopkinton, MA
(800) 982-5737
www.vapleyfisher.com

Two-way Combiner, 20 to 1000 MHz
Model D8300, rated at 100 W at the sum port, is also rated for 10 W/input in a non-coherent combing application provided it is mounted to a proper heat dissipation surface. Designed for military and commercial applications, this unit will tolerate a full input failure, at rated power.
Werlatone Inc.
Patterson, NY
(845) 278-2220
www.werlatone.com

Amplifiers

26 to 40 GHz Power Amplifier
Model L2640 is a Ka-band high power amplifier operating over the 26 to 40 GHz bandwidth. This amplifier delivers 2 W minimum of output power across the entire bandwidth with greater than 35 dB of small signal gain. Package size is 3.60" × 4.31" × 0.65", or the unit can be provided in an industry standard 19" rack-mount chassis. RF connectors are K input and waveguide WR28 output, and the DC supply is +12 V at 5 amps. Many options can be specified, including very fast on/off switching (35 ns typical, 50 ns maximum) via standard TTL command.
AML Communications
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 727-6666
www.amlj.com

High Power Pulsed Broadband Amplifier
Model BPHED27457-400 is a new high power pulsed broadband amplifier for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) applications covering the frequency range of 25 to 450 MHz. This amplifier provides a high power pulsed RF output into one of three selectable antenna ports. The amplifier is designed to operate in an airborne Foliage Penetration (FOPEN) or Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) SAR application. The amplifier is packaged in a single mountable assembly, which includes integrated T/R switches, a dummy load, harmonic filtering, and DC-to-DC converters. It is suited for payloads with limitations in size, weight and power. The entire assembly is just 12" × 12" × 24", weighs less than 60 pounds, and requires less than 700 W.
Comtech PST
Melville, NY
(631) 777-8900
www.comtechpst.com

Compact SSPA
CTT Inc. announces a new compact, solid-state power amplifier (SSPA) operating in the 6 to 18 GHz frequency range. This SSPA is a GaN-based MMIC design that offers 40 W of output power in a compact package. Additional specifications include a minimum of +46 dB of gain, maximum, gain flatness of ±2.5 dB, noise figure of 8.0 dB. Power saturation (Psat) performance is +44.5 dBm, minimum and +46.0 dBm. Typical applications include wideband jamming for both ship-based and airborne usage. The new SSPA is also suitable for next generation jamming designs. CTT model AGM/180-4646 is based on GaN MMIC technology with operating requirements of +36 V, DC and 6.6 A, typical of DC current. The package measures 4.14" × 3.0" × 0.68".
CTT Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA
(408) 541-0596
www.cttinc.com

High Power Amplifier
The 500 to 2500 MHz/100 W broadband high power amplifier module (SKU # 1189) model 1189 is a recent addition to the company's portfolio of building block designs incorporating the latest GaN device technologies and control functionality. The module delivers 100 W minimum, 125 W typical Psat over 500 to 2500 MHz at typical efficiencies of 45 percent. An industry leading, small form factor package (7.4 × 3.6 × 1.06) allows for easy integration in compact system designs. This building block module is well suited for use in defense, communications and test applications.
Empower RF Systems Inc.
Inglewood, CA
(310) 412-8100
www.empowerrf.com

Compact, Ka-band Gain Controlled Amplifier
AMF-3F-20002600-68-20P-GC is an amplifier that has over 23 dB of gain from 20 GHz to 26 GHz, in a one-inch long housing. Application of +5 V on the gain control pin decreases gain by 10 dB while maintaining flatness, which is a maximum of ±1.5 dB. This amplifier has a maximum noise figure of 6.8 dB in the full band. It operates from -40° to +75°C of base temperature, has a P1dB of minimum of 20 dBm and a 500 output. Composite metal body with a CuW base provides excellent thermal characteristics while hermetic sealing is optional if required.
MITEQ Inc.
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 439-9469
www.miteq.com

Connectorized Push-Pull Wideband Amplifier
Zx60-23LM+ offers ultra-low second harmonic (high IP2), built-in reverse-bias protection and a cost-effective design. This wideband amplifier is a very low-cost, high performance 500 MHz to 2 GHz device based upon a 50 Ω push-pull design. Built within Mini-Circuits' patented unibody construction, this amplifier features exceptionally low second-order harmonic distortion and is unconditionally stable. It is ideal for a wide range of wireless, small-signal, and lab and test equipment designs.
Mini-Circuits
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 934-4500
www.minicircuits.com

4.4 to 5 GHz Low Noise Amplifier
NIC introduces a wideband LNA operating over the frequency range of 4.4 to 5 GHz, designed for use in C-band, radar and Satcom applications. This LNA offers a high gain of 30 dB, sub 1 dB noise figure, low current consumption and input power protection, built in a small package size of 1.0" × 0.9" ×0.41". Custom designs are available up to Ku-band.
Networks International Corp.
Overland Park, KS
(913) 685-3400
www.nickc.com

Material

Self-adhesive Foams
Rogers has introduced two new self-adhesive foams. PORON Thin-Stik ShockSeal™ Foam: 79TS1-09021 successfully combines the compressibility of the ThinStik family of foams with the impact protection of the ShockSeal series. Additionally, this offering exhibits high z-axis tear strength and excellent sealing properties. PORON ThinStik Foam: 92TS1-09020 provides a winning combination of compressibility and tear strength. Additionally, 92TS1 products provide good protection against impact.
Rogers Corp.
Rogers, CT
(860) 774-9605
www.rogerscorp.com

Semiconductor/ICs

C-band GaN RF Power Device
Intended for commercial C-band radar applications including weather radars, part number IGN5459M40 is a GaN/SiC HEMT that operates over the instantaneous bandwidth covering 5.4 to 5.9 GHz in the C-band frequency range. The IGN5459M40 is characterized under 300 µs pulse width and 10% duty cycle pulsing conditions and typically supplies a minimum of 40 W of peak output power and 50 % efficiency. This device is housed in a ceramic flanged package with partial impedance matching circuitry.
Integra Technologies Inc.
El Segundo, CA
(310) 606-0855
www.integratech.com

Hyperabrupt Varactor Diode
Skyworks introduces a hyperabrupt varactor diode with a wide tuning range and low phase noise for VCO and voltage tuned filter applications. This general market diode targets WLAN, CATV LNB, energy management, wireless infrastructure and military applications. The new diode is designed for high-volume commercial and industrial OEMs, ODMs and contract manufacturers who also manufacture voltage-controlled phase shifters and tunable bandpass filters.
Skyworks Solutions Inc.
Woburn, MA
(781) 376-3000
www.skyworksinc.com

RF Power Transistor
TriQuint's new packaged GaN discrete RF power transistor offers high PAE, gain and substantial wideband coverage. The T1G6001528-Q3 delivers more than 18 W of output power and greater than 50 percent efficiency across an exceptionally wide bandwidth (DC to 6 GHz). The innovative new T1G6001528-Q3 is ideal for narrow and wideband applications. The T1G6001528-Q3 offers >10 dB gain at 6 GHz and operates at 28 V; it is available in an earless ceramic package.
TriQuint Semiconductor
Hillsboro, OR
(503) 615-9000
www.triquint.com

Software

EM Software
Remcom announces an updated version of its electromagnetic simulation software, XFdtd Release 7 (XF7), which includes several geometric modeling additions and new performance efficiencies. The upgrade, which updates the software to Release 7.2, contains enhancements that simplify and speed overall usability including additional modeling capabilities that enable more precise control over cut geometries when sketching complex models. The upgrade also contains simplified sampling interval settings for Frequencies of Interest (DFT), simulations using averaged materials now exploit XStream GPU acceleration technology, and XFSolver intelligently records which XStream devices are being used for simulations, allowing multiple simultaneous XStream simulations on a single machine.
Remcom Inc.
State College, PA
(814) 861-1299
www.remcom.com

Sources

CVCO55CC-0827-0840 VCO
Crystek's CVCO55CC-0827-0840 VCO operates from 827 to 840 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.2 to 4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -124 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically -6.5 dBm. The model CVCO55CC-0827-0840 is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5" × 0.5" SMD package. Input voltage is 5 V, with a maximum current consumption of 30 mA. Pulling and pushing are minimized to 0.05 MHz and 0.05 MHz/V, respectively. Second harmonic suppression is -18 dBc typical. The CVCO55CC-0827-0840 is ideal for use in applications such as digital radio equipment, fixed wireless access satellite communications systems, and base stations.
Crystek Corp.
Ft. Myers, FL
(800) 237-3061
www.crystek.com

Surface-mount Clock Oscillators
The PLXO series surface-mount phase-locked crystal oscillators are designed to operate at select custom frequencies from 5 to 500 MHz as reference clocks in military and commercial RF/microwave systems. Locked to an external frequency reference (or optional internal reference), the PLXO units feature very low RMS jitter (< 0.05 pSec, typical), excellent phase noise (Fout = 155 MHz, < -120 dBc/Hz at 1 KHz, typical) and low power consumption at +3.3, +5, +8 or +12 VDC. Housed in a miniature surface-mount package (0.9" × 0.9" × 0.15"), the PLXO units also feature no sub-harmonics and operate over an optional wide temperature range (-40° to +85°C).
EM Research Inc.
Reno, NV
(775) 345-2411
www.emresearch.com

Phase-locked Reference Source
The new PLOC10-10, a 10 MHz clean-up phase-locked reference source, is a small profile, low cost module. It is ideal for turning a marginal reference signal into a high quality extremely low phase noise reference for critical system applications. It is designed to phase-lock its internal 10 MHz OCXO to the input reference signal. The internal 10 MHz OCXO has exceptionally good phase noise performance [L(100Hz) = -145 dBc/Hz]. When phase-locked to a source with outstanding long term stability, such as an atomic standard or GPS, this module is an ideal 10 MHz frequency source.
Luff Research Inc.
Floral Park, NY
(516) 358-2880
www.luffresearch.com

CXOs with Timer Functionality
The RFPT200 is a 7 × 5 mm surface-mount DC-TCXO (digitally-controlled, temperature- compensated crystal oscillator), which brings together unrivalled frequency stability, digital frequency control, a separate low frequency output and embedded timer and alarm functionality, all controlled via a standard SPI interface. Its enhanced functionality allows the system it is used in to be switched off when not required and then switched on again at a predetermined time in the future. The RFPT200 uses Rakon's patented Pluto™ technology to provide a high stability reference frequency for use during receive and transmit.
Rakon Ltd.
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 571 9216
www.rakon.com

Voltage-controlled Oscillator
Z-Communications Inc.'s RoHS compliant VCO model SMV3727A-LF in S-band operates at 3710 to 3744 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.5 to 3 VDC. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -83 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz offset and a typical tuning sensitivity of 142 MHz/V. The SMV3727A-LF is designed to deliver a typical output power of 3 dBm at 2.7 VDC supply while drawing 10 mA (typical) over the temperature range of -40º to 85ºC. This VCO features typical second harmonic suppression of -15 dBc and comes in Z-Comm's standard SUB-L package, measuring 0.3" × 0.3" × 0.08".
Z-Communications Inc.
Poway, CA
(858) 621-2700
www.zcomm.com

Test Equipment

8 GHz VNA Calibration Kit
This EcoCal calibration kit for SMA-female-connectors supports broadband VNA-measurements of microwave devices up to 8 GHz. This is achieved with three SMA-components for the four calibration measurements short (S), open (O), load (L) and thru (T). It is suitable for industrial departments and laboratories.
Heuermann HF-Technik GmbH
Aachen, Germany
+49 2408/9379019
www.hhft.de

Portable Signal Generator
Designed to fulfill signal generation needs in the field or on the bench, and priced at $14,998, the HMC-T2220B provides the highest output power, lowest harmonic levels and broadest frequency range compared with portable signal generators of similar size and cost. Ideal for use in automated test and measurement environments and in research and development laboratories, the HMC-T2220B is a compact and lightweight frequency generator that delivers up to +28 dBm of CW output power in 0.1 dB steps over a better than 60 dB dynamic range. Harmonic rejection is better than -43 dBc at 2 GHz and spurious products are better than -65 dBc at 10 GHz. Phase noise is -119 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset from 1 GHz with insignificant deviation over the temperature range of 0° to +35°C.
Hittite Microwave Corp.
Chelmsford, MA
(978) 250-3343
www.hittite.com

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